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[The Millions] Asian Female Characters in the 21st Century
Read this interview with Mary H.K. Choi where she discusses her novel, Emergency Contact, and how it offers a more modern (2010s) portrayal of Asian American mother-daughter relationships. “Choi’s novel blows up Asian female stereotypes and prods readers to question their own cultural

[The Millions] 2018 Tournament of Books Winner Announced
After 16 fierce book brackets, The Morning News’ Tournament of Books championship round pitted Samanta Schweblin‘s Fever Dream against George Saunders‘ Lincoln in the Bardo. Did your pick win? Click here to find out. The post 2018 Tournament of Books Winner Announced

[Salon Books] The gay appeal of superheroes
Superman family TM & © DC Comics Excerpted from: "Sense of Wonder: My Life in Comic Fandom – The Whole Story," by Bill Schelly. Published by North Atlantic Books (April 17, 2018); reprinted with permission. Empowerment fantasies are the heart and soul of the appeal superheroes have for

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Anita Shreve, 1946-2018
Novelist Anita Shreve has died at age seventy-one. Her 1997 novel, The Weight of Water, was a bestseller, and in 1998 Oprah Winfrey chose Shreve’s The Pilot’s Wife for her book club. “She wrote beautifully melodic and nuanced prose. I admired every book of hers,” her publisher, Michael

[Salon Books] “A triumph of collective narcissism”: How Trump unleashed forbidden desires
AP/Ross D. Franklin Donald Trump embodies almost everything wrong with America: He is a greedy, craven, untruthful bigot and bully, the living product of a celebrity-driven popular culture prefaced on distraction and crudeness. Trump's political movement and presidency seem to resemble a

[The Millions] April Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month)
We wouldn’t dream of abandoning our vast semi–annual Most Anticipated Book Previews, but we thought a monthly reminder would be helpful (and give us a chance to note titles we missed the first time around).  Here’s what we’re looking out for this month — for more April titles, check

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump-era politics is a surreal nightmare
Is it policy, or just Reality TV?

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Truths in ethics
Ethics and uncertainty

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of themAre you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooksScroll down for our favourite literary linksRead more Tips, links and suggestions blogsWelcome to this week’s blog.

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Ada Limon interview at AWP 2018

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Part of thought
Due for a comeback

[The Millions] The Madness of Venice
1. I lived in Venice for two years, and I hated it. In conversations I used euphemisms and turns of phrase (among my favorite either you love it or hate it! and it’s a… difficult city), but I was lying through my teeth. I fucking hated it. I came there from Milano to get my

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump could win the immigration fight
It’s time to abolish ICE

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Republicans rigged our democracy
Voter suppression may be the most important issue of 2018

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Wolitzer; Castillo; McCallister; Moore; Murnane; Powers; Jamison
Out this week: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer; America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo; How to Be Safe by Tom McCallister; See What Can Be Done by Lorrie Moore; Border Districts by Gerald Murnane; The Overstory by Richard Powers; and The Recovering by Leslie Jamison.

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: April 2018
Here are seven notable books of poetry publishing in April. Eye Level by Jenny Xie An excellent debut. Xie is particularly gifted with precise description; I want to linger on these poems. “Phnom Penh Diptych: Wet Season” is masterful and patient, expansive without becoming lost. She moves

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Silent Spring & Other Writings on the Environment by Rachel Carson
If you were to saunter through the spruce-scented church of American environmentalism, looking upon the portraits of its saints, you’d first see John Muir, father of the Sierra Club, defender of the Yosemite, a green Abraham with a mossy old-man’s beard. Next to him, his camping

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The case of Amazon
Amazon doesn’t just want to dominate the market

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Viv Albertine on female rage; “LA Weekly” attempts to fight back against boycott
Slits guitarist and memoirist Viv Albertine talks to The Guardian about her childhood, female rage, and her new book, To Throw Away Unopened. Albertine says that her newest book “is essentially about rage and being an outsider.” “Female rage is not often acknowledged—never mind written

[Guardian Books Blog] 'A nice set of curves if I do say so myself': a Twitter lesson in how not to write women
A male author’s claim to be living proof that men can write authentic female characters has provoked glee online – but he’s not the worst offenderOne integral thing about being female is that we don’t really think about our breasts very much at all. If we ever do, we never think about how

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Sinclair effect
Sinclair News conquers America for Trump, one living room at a time

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Shelfie with Sarah Winman

[Book Forum] MISCELLANEOUS: Home Is Where the Art Is
Last month, the Feminist Press at CUNY and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop published Go Home!, an anthology of Asian diasporic writers exploring belonging, identity, family, place, and the myriad other topics that come into play when considering the notion of “home.”

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: No end in sight
Showing the way to reinvigorate

[The Millions] Hot Asian Babes
1. “Cheap, aren’t they?” The white woman, a townie, smug in her brown and shabby cardigan, asks me this without prelude, not even a stereotypically British and blustery, “Fine day, isn’t it?” In point of fact, it is a fine day. I am 24 years old, a student at Oxford, living on a

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The techlash
Rein in Silicon Valley, open up the Internet, and make tech work for everyone

[The Millions] 2018 Hugo Awards Finalists
The Hugo Awards announced their 2018 finalists on Friday. Administered by the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), the Hugo Awards are “science fiction’s most prestigious award.” Below is a selection of finalists (here’s the full list): Best Novel The Collapsing

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Schmitt redux
A springtime for Schmittian thoughts

[The Millions] Fighting to Write Between Two Languages
1. Growing up, I developed my Spanish as a form of discipline. Spanish belonged at home, and English belonged at school. Only when my sister and I spoke did our bilingual conversation find itself walking in trepidation across the bridge we had built between us. My mother, who emigrated from Mexico

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Scandalous Scott Pruitt revelations
It’s been one year of amazing Scott Pruitt accomplishments, all of them horrible

[Guardian Books Blog] Top 10 books about horses – Jane Smiley picks her favourites
Childhood classics, colourful racers and memoirs of horse whisperers … the novelist and horse lover gallops through the best riding readsWhen I was learning to ride horses, manuals were essentially worked-over cavalry manuals: horses were to obey, and the rider’s job was to know how to give

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jesmyn Ward and Kevin Young win Anisfield-Wolf awards; Annelise Chen on writing autofiction
The city of New York has announced another round of its One Book, One New York program. James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach, Hari Kunzru’s White Tears, Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers, and Esmeralda Santiago’s When I Was Puerto Rican are all in the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Turkey and its crisis
The resiliency of Erdogan and the AKP

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Brit Bennett interview at AWP 2018

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Case for making
You don’t have to like

[The Millions] Getting to the Edge of Darkness: The Millions Interviews Douglas Light
Douglas Light’s new novel, Where Night Stops, draws its striking power from the well of impurity. It’s a swift crime novel stropped to a lethal gleam by lyricism and imbued with Franz Kafka’s beetle-shaped shadows. It’s a brilliantly structured mystery that takes its form from musical

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: America’s 2-party system is on a collision course
Outsiders can’t fix Washington, they’re the ones who spent the past 40 years wrecking it

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of digital speech
How social media changed how we talk to (and about) each other in America

[The Millions] The Next Great American Crime Writer May Be Living in Norway
Derek B. Miller caught the eye of readers of The Millions with his 2013 debut novel, Norwegian by Night, lauded by Richard Russo in his Year in Reading and staying atop our Top Ten for months. The novel featured an octogenarian ex-Marine, Sheldon Horowitz, who has lost his son in Vietnam and who

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Mueller factor
Nobody knows what’s going on inside the Mueller investigation

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Man Booker reverses decision to change Taiwanese author’s nationality; Sloane Crosley on being an outsider
The Man Booker International prize has reversed its decision to change Taiwanese author Wu Ming-Yi’s nationality from Taiwan to “Taiwan, China.” Wu, whose novel The Stolen Bicycle is on the longlist for the prize, was previously listed as being from Taiwan, but The Guardian reports that

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Alexander Chee interview at AWP 2018

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: No wonder
The most important decision

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump and the conservative movement
Will there ever be a tipping point for Trump’s supporters?

[The Millions] Advice to Young Writers on the Eve of Wrestlemania
  A while back, I gave a reading for Little Salon, a Washington, DC arts event that takes place in the comfort of someone’s living room. I read a poem called “Stroke Diary,” and I told the audience that the poem was very personal, as it attempts to capture the minute-by-minute

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Daring to Be Good
Meg Wolitzer’s new novel misreads the feminist mood.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of public administration
From the history to the theory of administrative constitutionalism

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Emily Nemens chosen as “Paris Review” editor; Gothamist Kickstarter faces backlash
The Paris Review has chosen Emily Nemens as its new editor. Nemens was most recently the co-editor of the Southern Review. “Her literary tastes, her accomplishments, the combination of her work ethic and her sense of collaboration—both with her writers and her staff—make her a really unique

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: President Trump is acting unhinged
Scandals won’t stop coming

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Mike Epps | Unsuccessful Thug | Where to Donate A Car | useful games guide

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